The Weeknd earned his third consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest effort, My Dear Melancholy.
The six-song EP was released on March 30 without any fanfare or heads up. The collection moved 169,000 equivalent album units in its first week release, according to Nielsen Music ( Billboard). Of those sales totals, 68,000 were in traditional album sales.
My Dear Melancholy follows behind the Weeknd’s two previous chart-toppers: Starboy in 2016 and Beauty Behind the Madness. According to Billboard, My Dear Melancholy had the highest sales week for an R&B album in nearly a year.
The last R&B project to boast a huge first-week sales total was Mary J. Blige’s Strength a Woman, which moved 72,000 copies back in May 2017. Finally, My Dear Melancholy is the shortest album -- by song count -- to premiere atop the Billboard 200 tally in nearly eight years.
Meanwhile, the Weeknd is gearing up for a very busy summer festival run. The R&B superstar is headlining the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on April 13 and April 20. Then in July, he will be performing at the Panorama Festival on July 27. A month later, the Weeknd will headline the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival on Aug. 10. Finally, he will fly to the U.K. and perform at the Lollapalooza Berlin Festival in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 8.
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